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  • JamesG263 commented on ISAMaker's instructable Self Charging EV5 months ago
    Self Charging EV

    I once had ambitions similar to this when I was in high school 10 years ago. My idea was using magnets to create a generator, but it got scrapped mainly because it borders on perpetual energy which is impossible. Instead of separate motors and alternators, it would be best to use an AC motor (aka, 3-phase induction motor) invented by Nikola Tesla. It uses EM fields to power a metal rotor (aluminum or copper, coppor provides higher efficiency) without using brushes like with DC motors and it can automatically act as a generator when "coasting" so it doesn't require much in the way of regenerative braking hardware/programming. Look up the motor as well as Tesla Motors and EV West (on youtube). For ideas and inspiration. I am currently brainstorming my own automobile creation usi...see more »I once had ambitions similar to this when I was in high school 10 years ago. My idea was using magnets to create a generator, but it got scrapped mainly because it borders on perpetual energy which is impossible. Instead of separate motors and alternators, it would be best to use an AC motor (aka, 3-phase induction motor) invented by Nikola Tesla. It uses EM fields to power a metal rotor (aluminum or copper, coppor provides higher efficiency) without using brushes like with DC motors and it can automatically act as a generator when "coasting" so it doesn't require much in the way of regenerative braking hardware/programming. Look up the motor as well as Tesla Motors and EV West (on youtube). For ideas and inspiration. I am currently brainstorming my own automobile creation using AC motors, quasiturbine ethanol engine/pneumatic engine powered generator, homemade supercapacitors with liFePO batteries, and solar panels. I like the direction you are taking with this idea! Research some more and save up money when you can and make it a reality! Good luck, kid!

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